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#1 phaedrus

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:12 AM

Did anyone here try the uk cyber challenge? and if so, did you manage to get their vpn to work under anything but windows?
It stank for me and was riddled with latency. I had to try 3 jre's before it would work. And their newest build of fedora supported was like fedora 3. I wasn't really serious about it but I was planning to have some fun then crash out in a later round before it got serious. It was like being on 1200 baud dialup all over again.

And I am not happy at giving a 3rd party supply contractor for a gov agency unsigned bean with a expired cert access at root level to my real boxen to install some tun/tap drivers and who knows what else via some black box java bean, so made a clean install. Another beef, they refused to document how it would work in advance. I mean, its not like we all do lots of research on a target in the real world learning things in advance in the wild and looking up the technologies and trying SE is it?

Strange way to run things, a java bean vpn with rdp to a backtrack virtual machine X desktop. Why couldn't they just give a ssh username/password out and bypass all that vpn nonsense? Maybe they want to recruit windows admins who cant use ssh unless its putty or know about running a local X server and forwarding X clients via ssh tunnels.

What think yea?

Edited by phaedrus, 06 July 2011 - 11:15 AM.


#2 mSparks

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:16 AM

smells like a fishing expedition to me.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 11:34 AM

We had a talk on this last year, if you do well they will interview you with view to giving you a job.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 02:58 PM

We had a talk on this last year, if you do well they will interview you with view to giving you a job.

yup, fishing expedition.
And if [when] you don't get the job they will make sure your details are forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

#5 phaedrus

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 08:13 AM

We had a talk on this last year, if you do well they will interview you with view to giving you a job.


I couldn't afford the paycut to work for them (their specialist resource gets paid about 26K top line, and you can go anywhere in industry and quadruple that for the same work). And I would have to go back to living in a country with speed cameras and anal speeding laws so probably would be in jail by about week 6.

Someone has been listening, they've sent the latest batch of instructions out, weeks in advance with a how-to use their shit vpn solution attached. Don't know if I can be a bothered to compete anyway now with all that messing round, let alone trust their bean.




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